Commitment to Equity – Delegates

The Rosemary Speirs Leadership Grant directly funds young women and gender non-conforming youth to take local action in communities across Canada. All 2019 Daughters of the Vote delegates are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Grant projects must abide by key principles of anti-oppression, anti-racism and accessibility (creating accessible spaces). All delegates will receive introductory or level appropriate anti-oppression training at the Daughters of the Vote summit in Ottawa. This document contains key principles to guide all funded projects. It is intended to be a living document.

  • Equal Voice acknowledge that it exists on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the First Nation, Inuit, and Metis peoples.
  • We commit to fully supporting Indigenous peoples on this land in their assertion of self-determination and nationhood. We must create spaces and avenues for which First Nation, Inuit, and Metis peoples may thrive and feel safe. We are not innocent in the ongoing colonization of these lands and we resolve to challenge the presence of colonialism in our words, actions, and communities. We extend our ongoing solidarity to the Indigenous peoples of this land with our words, actions, time, skills and resources.
  • We work to ensure that there is no harassment or discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, family status, disability, language preference, or social class.
  • To this end, we strive to ensure that with all projects funded under the Leadership Grant:
    • Discriminatory or oppressive behaviours are not tolerated. Nor are projects that advocate intolerance, discrimination and/or prejudice.
    • We create spaces that are safe, inclusive, welcoming and accessible.
    • We are sensitive to the needs of diverse groups and eliminate barriers to full participation and access.
    • We are sensitive to and aware of the influence of structural power and privilege in all relationships, and all grant projects are delivered in keeping with anti-oppression principles.

Take note:

  • Delegates are required to comply with these guiding principles while carrying out all grant-related activities. Failure to comply will result in the termination of the delegate’s grant contract.
  • In addition to anti-oppression training, delegates will also be provided with further training opportunities and resources related to inclusion, access and equity as the grant rolls out.
  • If you have any further questions or wish to file an anonymous complaint about a project funded by this grant, please contact Equal Voice at: